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Community decries cops' organized crime catch and release
CBC News - Thursday, May 15, 2008

Members of the St. Stephen community in southwestern New Brunswick say they don't understand why police arrested and then released more than 30 people suspected in a smuggling ring.

New Brunswick RCMP arrested 33 people in connection with illegal gun smuggling, drug possession and child pornography in several southwestern New Brunswick communities on Tuesday.

The arrests were made as part of an ongoing joint investigation between law enforcement agencies from New Brunswick and Maine. The operation, codenamed "Jerrican", was looking at illegal weapons smuggling into Canada after more than 100 guns seized nationally pointed back to New Brunswick.

RCMP said at a press conference on Thursday that most of the weapons have now apparently been sold but four long guns, one handgun, an improvised explosive device, small quantities of drugs and cash and child pornography were seized from the individuals.

The weapons were being smuggled into Canada from the United States to support organized criminal activities, officials said.
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Dan F said...

2008/5/15

33 arrested as part of organized crime investigation, St. Stephen, N.B.

A joint forces operation of various law enforcement agencies in southwestern New Brunswick and the State of Maine codenamed "Jerrican" has led to the seizure of improvised explosive devices, illegal firearms, drugs, child pornography, cash and a number of other items as part of a massive operation in southwestern New Brunswick targeting organized crime.

Search warrants were executed at seven residences in St. Stephen, two in Mayfield, N.B., one in Mohannes, N.B. and two in the City of Saint John. 33 people have been arrested, 23 males and 10 females ranging in age from 15 to 60. This included two youths. Several offences under the Criminal Code are being considered against members of this organized crime group. These offences include but are not limited to importation of weapons, drug related offences, and possession of child pornography. The investigation is ongoing with charges to be laid at a later date.

The operation began in September 2007 as an investigation into the illegal importation of firearms in the St. Stephen, New Brunswick area. The investigation led police to a significant amount of other illegal activity.

"This is a major blow to organized crime in southwestern New Brunswick," said Staff Sergeant Mitch MacMillan of the RCMP’s Custom and Excise Section. "That is part of the RCMP’s ongoing crime reduction strategy. We’re targeting the people we suspect to be prolific offenders who are causing the most harm to their communities. The vast majority of crime is committed by a small minority of the population. By targeting those people, crime goes down significantly."

The operation was a joint effort between several RCMP districts and RCMP Federal units in New Brunswick along with the Canada Border Services Agency, Saint John City Police Force, Rothesay Regional Police Force, U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.




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Sgt. Derek Strong
RCMP New Brunswick Media Relations Officer
506-452-4252

Dan F said...

2008/5/15

Arrestation de 33 personnes au terme d’une enquête sur le crime organisé, St. Stephen (N.-B.)

Une opération policière conjuguée surnommée « Jerrican » à laquelle ont participé divers organismes d’application de la loi du sud-ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick et du Maine a donné lieu à la saisie de dispositifs explosifs improvisés, d’armes à feu illicites, de drogues, de pornographie juvénile, d’argent et d’autres articles. L’opération de grande envergure ciblait le crime organisé dans le sud-ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick.

On a exécuté des mandats de perquisition dans sept résidences à St. Stephen, deux résidences à Mayfield (N.-B.), une résidence à Mohannes (N.-B.) et deux résidences à Saint John. Trente-trois personnes ont été arrêtées, 23 hommes et 10 femmes, âgés de 15 à 60. On a procédé à l’arrestation de deux adolescents. On considère déposer de nombreuses accusations en vertu du Code criminel contre les membres de ce groupe de criminels organisés. Parmi les accusations considérées, mentionnons : importation d’armes, infractions en matière de drogue et possession de pornographie juvénile. L’enquête se poursuit et on prévoit déposer les accusations à une date ultérieure.

L’opération, qui se voulait à l’origine une enquête sur l’importation illicite d’armes à feu dans la région de St. Stephen (Nouveau-Brunswick), a été lancée en septembre 2007. Dans le cadre de l’enquête, la police a également découvert que de nombreux autres types d’activités illicites se déroulaient dans la région.

« Il s’agit d’un coup dur porté au crime organisé dans le sud-ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick », affirme le sergent d’état-major Mitch MacMillan de la Section des douanes et de l’accise de la GRC. « Cette opération fait partie de la stratégie de réduction du crime de la GRC. Nous ciblons les personnes que nous soupçonnons être des récidivistes car ce sont elles qui nuisent le plus à la collectivité. La grande majorité des crimes sont commis par une infime minorité de la population. En ciblant ces personnes, nous diminuons le taux de criminalité de façon considérable. »

L’opération était le fruit d’une collaboration entre plusieurs districts de la GRC et sections fédérales de la GRC au Nouveau-Brunswick, ainsi que la force policière de Saint John, la force policière régionale de Rothesay, l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, le U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, la Maine Drug Enforcement Agency et le U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Serg. Derek Strong
Agent des relations médiatiques de la GRC, Nouveau-Brunswick

Dan F said...

Canadians' drug spending on the rise, CIHI says
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Spending on prescription and non-prescription drugs in Canada reached $26.9 billion last year, an increase of 7.2 per cent over 2006, according to data released Thursday.

Canada has the second-highest level of total per-capita drug spending out of 20 countries with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

According to figures from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, total drug spending rose by $2 billion between 2006 and 2007.

Spending on prescribed drugs was higher than for non-prescribed drugs, according to the report.

"Spending on pharmaceuticals has become a major component of total health expenditure over the last 20 years," said Michael Hunt, manager of pharmaceutical programs at CIHI, in a release.

"With an aging population, increased use of drug therapies and new drugs entering the market, spending on drugs continues to rise at a higher rate than overall health spending and faster than inflation."

Prescription drugs are estimated to account for 16.8 per cent of total health spending, a percentage that has grown steadily since 1985.
N.B., Ont. lead per-person spending

Across the country, drug spending per person varied considerably in 2007. New Brunswick led with $910 per person, followed by Ontario at $878.

Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan had the highest estimated growth rates in drug spending per person at 11.7 per cent and 9.3 per cent, respectively. The Northwest Territories (three per cent), Yukon (3.5 per cent) and Nunavut (4.8 per cent) had the lowest.

In terms of public spending on prescribed drugs, coverage also varied across Canada. For example, while in New Brunswick this coverage stood at 32 per cent, in Manitoba it was 53 per cent.

Overall, the public sector covers 38.7 per cent of total drug expenditure in Canada.